Want some more rye in your rye? Us too—and you can’t get much higher than 100%, or a ‘high rye’. Dry and spicy, there aren’t too many of these bad boys around. There’s Alberta Premium, George Dickel, and now, Canadian Club 100% Rye. According to Veronica Saye, the bartender at Toronto whisky bar Food & Liquor, “These ryes are very flavourful and mix well into any whisky-based cocktail.”
We’ll come back to those cocktails in a minute. What can you expect from rye whisky? Well, Bulleit makes a rye that’s rich and full of oak and heat on the palate. George Dickel is a bit fruitier. Canadian Club 100%, though, has a big spice flavour and bold caramel notes. As a bonus, it’s distilled in single pot stills, like any good single malt.
Speaking of, rye whisky is good sipping whisky. It can also be mixed in a highball with ginger—use ginger ale for something a bit mild, or cloudy, Jamaica-style ginger beer for something more bold. And of course, it’s great in cocktails. Most pre-Prohibition classic cocktails, like the Manhattan, the Old-Fashioned, and Sazerac, call for rye. “It’s definitely my favourite whisky,” says Saye.
Rock & Rye
1 oz. Canadian Club 100% Rye
1 oz. Orange Juice
.5 oz. lemon juice
Cherry & rock candy stir stick (optional garnish)
Add ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Add a cherry and a rock candy stir stick for garnish.
1 oz, Red Stag Hardcore Apple Bourbon
To a shaker, add 1 oz. Red Stag Hardcore Apple Bourbon. Sour mix and ice. Shake and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
New CANADIAN CLUB 100% RYE | 750 mL | Regular Retail Price: $26.95 | NOW $25.45
JIM BEAN RED STAG HARDCORE CIDER | 750 mL | Regular Retail Price: $27.95 | NOW $26.45
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